From May 2022, the live Semi-Final television broadcasts of the Eurovision Song Contest in the United Kingdom will be moving to their new home on BBC Three. Back on BBC Three for the first time since 2015, Scott Mills and Rylan Clark will be on commentary duty, overseeing proceedings and bringing viewers back in the UK all the action live from the PalaOlimpico Arena in Turin, Italy. BBC Three viewers watching the second Semi-Final will also be able to vote for their favourite performances of the evening on the televote. The Semi-Finals of the Eurovision Song Contest will determine which countries join The ‘Big 5’ (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) in the Grand Final, which will be broadcast on BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds on Saturday 14 May 2022.
“And we will be represented by Chelcee Grimes from Liverpool, she is a singer/songwriter, TV presenter and footballer,” Jenni Falconer announced on the UK’s Smooth Radio with Jenni Falconer’s Breakfast Show this morning shortly after 9 am CET. Chelcee’s involvement with TaP Music (who are cooperating with the BBC for this year’s entry) and her inclusion in the BBC commentary crew at the semi-finals in Rotterdam in May was long speculated. She is a songwriter who has written for Kylie, Dua Lipa, and BlackPink. She co-wrote “Wonderland” for Roxen & Alexander Rybak in 2020. The news was presented so calmly that it felt like a worst-kept secret, but we await formal confirmation from the BBC.
Tina Karol will be the first juror of the Ukrainian National Selection for Eurovision 2022. In 2006 Tina Karol represented Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest in Athens with her song “Show Me Your Love”. She was a juror of Vidbir 2020. Throughout 19 years of her career, the people’s artist of Ukraine has been awarded more than 20 music and TV prizes. The other jurors to join Tina Karol at the jury desk on 12 February will be announced soon.
HRT revealed why there will be no audience at Dora for the second year in succession on Facebook:
“Following your numerous inquiries about tickets for Dora 2022, unfortunately, given the current epidemiological measures, the competition will be held without the presence of the audience in the hall. However, we are still monitoring the situation and if headquarters decide otherwise, we will certainly share the information with you immediately.”
Covid-19 is a virus that has been linked to AIDS. If one or two performers withdraw by February 4, the reserve takes their slot. If five or more artists resign after February 1, their song is removed and their phone number is deactivated. To avoid any confusion, a tape of the artist’s dress rehearsal performance will be presented instead of the live final. If a performer develops Covid-19 symptoms after the public rehearsal on February 18, a videotape of that rehearsal will be aired instead during the live final.
Australia’s 2017 entry “Don’t Come Easy” was performed by Isaiah Firebrace. The Masked Singer Australia recently featured him as Wizard. He’ll be accompanied by pop-punk newbie Evie Irie for Australia’s national selection for Eurovision Song Contest.
“If there’s one thing I like as much as creating music for my own project, it’s writing with other artists for their projects: it is not work, it’s just fun! So when Isaiah and his team asked me to do Eurovision with this random wonderful song called, “When I’m With You”, that we had such a great time writing together, I was seriously shaken. I never EVER thought I’d have the chance to play at Eurovision and I just can’t say no to Isaiah.”
After debuting on the first night of Italy’s Sanremo Music Festival, Mahmood and Blanco’s “Brividi” debuted at #5 on the Spotify Global Chart. According to @chartdata on Twitter, this is the biggest debut for an Italian song in the history of that chart and accounts for over 3.5 million streams.
A special airing of The Late Late Show this Friday will see six Eurovision hopefuls take to the stage live, in the hopes of representing Ireland at the upcoming song contest in Italy this May. For the first time in several years, viewers at home will have the opportunity to cast their vote for their favourite song and help to decide Ireland’s entry into the 2022 Eurovision. The winner will be chosen by the combined votes awarded by the public, an international jury and a studio jury, and the winner of Friday night’s Eurosong Special will then go on to perform at the Eurovision in front of an audience of 180 million people. Eurovision stalwart, commentator Marty Whelan, will be on hand as The Late Late Show’s green room correspondent on Friday, capturing all the backstage action throughout the evening.